90 Students, 1 School, 6 Weeks, An Amazing Experience!
The movie, Mad Hot Ballroom, is the documentary that follows New York City fifth graders as they journey into the world of competitive ballroom dancing. From that documentary was born the idea that Oak Grove Elementary School could provide a similar experience for 5th graders. So, beginning October 30th, 5th grade students at Oak Grove Elementary embarked on a 8-lesson course of ballroom dancing. Students have learned dance steps to five traditional and Latin dances. The SOL’s that will be met by this instruction include: to perform different types of rhythm/dance sequences, to demonstrate proficiency in movement skills in complex movement activities, and to perform dances from various cultures.
The PTA at Oak Grove has embraced and supported this program by funding the services of Mrs. Liz Becker. The staff enjoyed working alongside Mrs. Liz Becker in teaching ballroom dancing to our 5th graders.
The 5th grade faculty, the Physical Education Specialist and Music Specialist saw benefits which go well beyond the 5th grade students’ ability to dance to the Foxtrot, Salsa, and Swing. Students gained personal confidence and poise in social situations, continued to learn good citizenship, and gained a lifelong usable skill. December 10th, at 7:00 p.m., Oak Grove 5th grade faculty and specialist teachers will sponsor a celebration Tea Dance to allow 5th graders to show off their new found skills for their parents and friends.
Submitted by Frances Rogers